SLANTED – The Quest for a Porsche Sonderwunsch Slantnose

16 May

I have received considerable amount of feedback since posting a few photos of Steve McQueen’s Porsche last week. It is a truly gorgeous vehicle with a design that is synonymous with the Porsche heritage. However, I never would have thought I would have had a friend’s father reach out about writing a personal piece for TCM. The following was written by David Richardson, M.D., from Hattiesburg, MS about his latest pursuit of the ultrarare  more -racecar-than-streetcar Porsche 930S. Enjoy!

Porsche Quest

To say that I am Porsche fanatic would be a huge understatement. I developed the Porsche addiction as a young boy and it has only become worse. I have owned several different models….944, 964, 996, 997 and most recently a 930 S Slantnose. Porsche has always amazed with their engineering and they seem to accomplish so much from a six cylinder boxer engine with a design in the 911 series that has been changed very little since 1964. When you see a 911 whether a 1964 or a 2011 you can definitely recognize the DNA of a Porsche. I currently own a “modern” 2009 Porsche 997.2 Carrera 2 with PDK (Porsche’ s version of a manumatic transmission with paddle shifters) which is an engineering marvel…..0-60  in four seconds and up to 30 mpg on the highway.

     I began a quest to find a collectible piece of Porsche history and stumbled upon a very unique car. I decided that the “Slantnose” would be the 911 (officially designated 930 turbo) model to search for since production was  very limited. The Slantnose was fashioned after one of Porsche’s most successful and unique race cars….the 935. Initially one could only order the Slantnose through a “Sonderwunsch” or special wishes program directly from the Porsche factory. This program allowed the customer to add virtually any option or accessory that either you could dream or that Porsche offered. From 1981 to 1987 there were only 237 factory original Sonderwunsch  Slantnose models manufactured. In 1987 Porsche decided to offer the Slantnose as a factory option to any customer through dealerships. This program lasted until 1989 and a total of 609 were manufactured. So the total number of factory Slantnoses produced was a paltry 846 cars.The “factory” designation is important because there were many “after market” and dealer conversions done after the 930 turbo was purchased. Many in collector car circles definitely feel that the factory designation adds significant value to the auto.

   Now for the chase……..after spending many hours on the Internet I found a small but obscure add on Hemming’s website for a low mileage 930 S Slantnose. I made the call and found out that this car was Guards Red with a camel all leather interior and only 42,000 miles. It had been purchased and stored in a climate controlled environment and driven only 1500 miles in twelve years. It was a Sonderwunsch 930 (confirmed by an email to Porsche) that had been ordered by a US serviceman stationed in Germany and then imported into the US when he returned home from duty. The car was then purchased by the current owner who had a collection of approximately sixty high dollar autos. Unfortunately he died and this car came up for sale through his estate.

   So my dream Porsche arrived last week and is in excellent condition. This latest find has calmed my Porsche addiction for now but you never know when this fever may raise it’s ugly head again………

 

          David Richardson, M.D.

For more information on the Slantnose check out –> http://www.gardellimotors.ca/carwebpages/85930slantnose2.htm

**Many thanks to Dr. Richardson for sharing some of his Porsche knowledge and this story. Welcome to the TCM author’s club!

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4 Responses to “SLANTED – The Quest for a Porsche Sonderwunsch Slantnose”

  1. Joshua May 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    You know JNS, I actually wrote about this topic earlier on my own blog. This post has provided me with some food for thought and I feel that you make many really interesting points. In fact, I just wish I’d found it prior to posting my own article.
    Best wishes, cars2scrap

  2. Vaughn grubb October 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Did the porsche special wishes program ever make a slantnose varient with a 928 style front end (in fiberglass/plastic type material )IAsk because I own one but can’t seem to trace it back.(mine is a 1976 911 porsche carrera in targa ) also has 16″ bbs rims.

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